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The foundation will distribute the $2 million charity money itself, rather than through Portman.
Actress Natalie Portman originally told the Genesis Prize she was scrapping her appearance to protest the Israeli crackdown in Gaza.
“Significant favors continue to be done in both directions,” the dossier says of the oligarchs.
“People need to be careful not to turn an advocate into an adversary.”
In today’s increasingly tribal, zero-sum world, there is no discussion more tribal and zero-sum than the one surrounding Israel.
Her criticism of Israel is important. Why couldn’t she say it in front of the people with the power to do something about it?
The foundation said the Israeli-American actress wasn’t “comfortable” going there because “recent events in Israel have been extremely distressing.”
“She says she doesn’t want to ‘shit on Israel,’ what is this, a golden shower?”
Portman is refusing to travel to Israel to receive the prize because “[r]ecent events in Israel have been extremely distressing to her.”